The Reading / Listening - Smiley Face Emojis - Level 5

Research says using smiley face emojis in work e-mails could jeopardize your career. A university in Israel reports that people putting emojis in work mails are likely to be thought of as being incompetent. Researchers did experiments on 549 people from 29 countries to check their reaction to emojis. The people had to evaluate the competence and warmth of the e-mail writer. Dr Ella Glikson said: "Contrary to actual smiles, smileys do not increase perceptions of warmth and actually decrease perceptions of competence….In formal business e-mails, a smiley is not a smile."



Other research shows that emojis are often misunderstood. This is related to how the reader or viewer understands the emoji. In other cases, technological problems could mean that an emoji typed by the writer is shown differently in the e-mail read by the reader. This is because the writer and reader use different software or operating system for their devices. Emojis started in Japan in the late 1990s. They quickly became very popular. More than six billion of them are sent every day around the world. There is even a World Emoji Day, which is on July the 17th every year.

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Smiley Face Emojis - Level 4 or  Smiley Face Emojis - Level 6

Sources
  • https://www.thesun.co.uk/tech/4241146/putting-smiley-face-emojis-in-work-emails-will-make-colleagues-hate-you-and-think-youre-incompetent/
  • http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/08/14/using-emojis-makes-people-think-incompetent-research-finds/
  • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emoji


Make sure you try all of the online activities for this reading and listening - There are dictations, multiple choice, drag and drop activities, crosswords, hangman, flash cards, matching activities and a whole lot more. Please enjoy :-)



Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. jeopardize
  2. putting emojis
  3. Researchers did experiments
  4. check their reaction
  5. people had to
  6. Contrary to
  7. decrease perceptions
  8. In formal
  1. of competence
  2. to emojis
  3. your career
  4. business e-mails
  5. on 549 people
  6. in work mails
  7. actual smiles
  8. evaluate the competence

Paragraph 2

  1. emojis are often
  2. technological
  3. use different
  4. operating
  5. Emojis started in Japan in
  6. They quickly became
  7. More than six billion of them
  8. on July the 17th
  1. the late 1990s
  2. are sent every day
  3. misunderstood
  4. every year
  5. system
  6. problems
  7. very popular
  8. software

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Research (1) ___________________ face emojis in work e-mails could jeopardize your career. A university in Israel reports that people putting (2) ___________________ mails are likely to be thought of as being incompetent. Researchers (3) ___________________ 549 people from 29 countries to check their reaction to emojis. The people had to evaluate the competence (4) ___________________ the e-mail writer. Dr Ella Glikson said: "Contrary to actual smiles, smileys (5) ___________________ perceptions of warmth and actually decrease perceptions of competence….In formal business e-mails, (6) ___________________ smile."

Other research shows (7) ___________________ often misunderstood. This is related to how the reader or viewer understands the emoji. (8) ___________________, technological problems could mean that an emoji typed by the writer is shown (9) ___________________ e-mail read by the reader. This is because the writer and reader use different software or operating system (10) ___________________. Emojis started in Japan in the late 1990s. They quickly became very popular. More than six billion of them (11) ___________________ day around the world. (12) ___________________ World Emoji Day, which is on July the 17th every year.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

Researchsaysusingsmileyfaceemojisinworke-mailscouldjeopard
izeyourcareer.AuniversityinIsraelreportsthatpeopleputtingemojisin
workmailsarelikelytobethoughtofasbeingincompetent.Researchers
didexperimentson549peoplefrom29countriestochecktheirreactiont
oemojis.Thepeoplehadtoevaluatethecompetenceandwarmthofthee
-mailwriter.DrEllaGliksonsaid:"Contrarytoactualsmiles,smileysdon
otincreaseperceptionsofwarmthandactuallydecreaseperceptionsofc
ompetence….Informalbusinesse-mails,asmileyisnotasmile."Othe
rresearchshowsthatemojisareoftenmisunderstood.Thisisrelatedtoh
owthereaderorviewerunderstandstheemoji.Inothercases,technolog
icalproblemscouldmeanthatanemojitypedbythewriterisshowndiffer
entlyinthee-mailreadbythereader.Thisisbecausethewriterandrea
derusedifferentsoftwareoroperatingsystemfortheirdevices.Emojisst
artedinJapaninthelate1990s.Theyquicklybecameverypopular.Moret
hansixbillionofthemaresenteverydayaroundtheworld.Thereisevena
WorldEmojiDay,whichisonJulythe17theveryyear.

Student survey

Write five GOOD questions about this topic in the table. Do this in pairs. Each student must write the questions on his / her own paper. When you have finished, interview other students. Write down their answers.

(Please look at page 12 of the PDF to see a photocopiable example of this activity.)

Discussion — Write your own questions

STUDENT A’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student B)

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STUDENT B’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student A)

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Free writing

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Answers

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